I can’t believe it. My precious baby is 1 and it happened in the blink of an eye. This year went so fast. She’s talking (baby talk of course), walking, and exploring every inch of our house. I have my stairs blockaded because she’s fascinated with falling and seemingly trying to find new ways to fall farther. This birthday really crept up on me and it’s making me stop. I have to make myself stop or else I’ll miss it. I get very consumed in everyday things, routines, and find myself looking forward to the end of the day when my job is “done”. But my kids are growing up so fast and if I blink I just might miss it. So this is my resolve… to stop far more often and stand in awe of the beauty God has blessed me with in this family. The family I spent most of my life praying for and looking forward to is now here. I want to make sure I see the fun more than the mess; the blessing more than the work. Certainly being a mother is the hardest work I have ever done in my life, but there has never been anything so rewarding. Who knows… maybe we’ll have more children. We’re open to God’s will for our family and at this rate, with it going so quickly, I may look back and ask why I ever stopped. The work is for a moment, the blessings are eternal.